Lisa Benatar, Ph.D.


Lisa is currently at the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU), working on marketing and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs within the Palo Alto community.

Prior to her work at CPAU, Lisa served as Educational Services Manager at Chevron Energy Solutions delivering educational programs to accompany their installations of solar electric systems for school district customers within California and Hawaii. In addition, Lisa founded Energy Science Education (ESE), which produces and distributes hands-on science kits and lessons for K-12 schools. The ESE curriculum connects science and math content standards directly to the topic of energy use and production.

Prior to starting ESE, Lisa taught science and developed energy-related educational materials for grades K through 6 in the Palo Alto Unified School District. She also has done education development and training in the atomic-resolution microscope industry. She is passionate about education and excited about DreamCatchers serving as a model for programs in other districts. Lisa has a B.A. in Geophysics from UC Berkeley and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University. Her graduate research was on solar cell materials.


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